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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Maha Kumbh Omnibus Part III

It is very true that all types of charlatans with an eye for quick profit are found in every Kumbh Mela but these people have existed in the world anyway. The blessings of one real saint are all that are needed to transform one's life. It is a fact that atmosphere in the Kumbh Mela is ethereal and very uplifting. Only those who have experienced it can really understand it.
Astrological preconditions for Maha Kumbh
Allegory apart, the real basis of Maha Kumbh is mathematical and based on astrology. For Maha Kumbh at Haridwar to happen, the preconditions are, that transit Jupiter should be in Kumbh Rashi (Aquarius) and Sun must occupy Mesh Rashi (Aries). The third important condition is that it should be an Amavasya (a no Moon day).
Jupiter is the planet of spirituality and in Hindu belief he is the divine planet whose blessings emancipate one from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.  
Aquarius is the Mool Trikon Rashi of Saturn, who is the planet without whose permission nothing connected to the three dimensional world can happen.
Aquarius and Jupiter share a unique relationship. Aquarius is the only sign for which Jupiter owns the houses of both income and wealth. Jupiter therefore becomes a special planet of value for Aquarius.
Jupiter takes twelve years to finish one complete round of all twelve signs. He can therefore come to visit Kumbh Rashi only every twelfth year. This is the reason why Maha Kumbh takes place after intervals of twelve years.
For this Kumbh, Punya Kal or the auspicious time for a holy dip in river Ganga starts at sunrise on April 14, 2010 at 0603 Hrs and ends at 1321 Hrs IST.
It is believed that the unique combination of Sun, Moon and Jupiter alters the subtle energy field on earth and makes it possible for the human mind to connect with the divine without any interference.
Things to do on the day of the holy dip
According to the Hindu Karma Kand, (the ritualistic part of Hinduism), one is required to take a dip in the holy waters of Ganga river and offer prayers to Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva. He should then donate one, four or eleven pitchers of gold, silver, copper or brass filled with pure Ghee to deserving people. The metal and size of the pitcher is dependent upon the discretion of the donor.
One should also donate new clothes, silver or gold ornaments, and offer food to people. This bestows immense merit on the donor. This is the ritualistic part of the process.
It is far more important to sit in a secluded place near Ganga and focus the gaze at the point between the eyebrows and establish a connection with the inner self or soul which in reality is a spark of the stuff the universe is made of.
The Prana should be sent to the Kootastha and then back to Mooladhar in a continuous cycle. Inhalation taking the Prana up and the exhalation down. The cosmic energy distribution on the day of the dip makes this process easy. Maha Kumbh is an extremely uplifting experience and comes but once in twelve years. It should be made full use of for one’s spiritual uplift.
According to Vishnu Puran, a hold dip during the Punya Kal gives the same blessings as do thousands of Ashva Medh Yagya and hundreds of Vajpeya Yagya.
We have nothing to lose except our Karmic debts on that holy day.

Rajiv Sethi

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